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IBM's Microdrive shown with case opened alongside a United States quarter for size comparison. Courtesy of IBM. IBM cuts Microdrive pricing!
(Friday, September 14, 2001 - 16:04 EDT)

Retail pricing now only 37¢/MB for the highest-capacity model...

IBM's Storage Technology Division has announced price-cuts for its Microdrive line of Type-II CompactFlash hard disk drives that makes the devices even more attractive for digital camera use. Available in three capacities, the drives now range in cost from 37 - 59¢/MB.

IBM Storage Division's Microdrive business line manager Michael Kuptz noted: "IBM has lowered the Microdrive's cost per megabyte by at least 50% every year since we introduced the product two years ago, and we believe this will help to spur the adoption of personal computing and entertainment devices."
Retail pricing for IBM Microdrives is now as follows:
  • 340MB Microdrive - $199, 59¢/MB
  • 512MB Microdrive - $259, 51¢/MB
  • 1GB Microdrive - $379, 37¢/MB
Note that resellers can often sell below retail pricing, and in fact vendors such as IR advertiser d-store.com are now selling the Microdrive for as little as $346 - 34¢/MB!

Original Source Press Release:


IBM Cuts Microdrive Prices By As Much As 32%; Stimulates Market for Portable Electronic Devices

San Jose, Calif., Sept. 10, 2001 -- To stimulate consumer appetite for portable electronic devices that require high-capacity removable storage, IBM today announced a price break for its family of Microdrives, the world's smallest hard disk drive. The retail price for IBM's one-inch Microdrive is being reduced by as much as 32% (a reduction of up to $110) across all capacities, making it more affordable for consumers to access storage-intensive applications at home, in the office, or on-the-go.

At the new price points, the IBM Microdrive is highly competitive against other removable storage options on a cost per megabyte basis. Beginning today, the Microdrive's new retail prices on ibm.com are $379 (1 GB), $259 (512 MB) and $199 (340 MB).

The 24x7, 'I-want-it-right-now!' digital world is driving the need for portable devices that can run large multimedia/enterprise applications and still fit into consumers' pockets. In addition, affordability of high-capacity removable storage will be key in providing consumers with the tools needed to embrace the digital lifestyle.

"Our intent is to enable consumers to run applications such as high-quality photography, video, music, e-mail, etc. -- whenever and wherever they may be -- without breaking the bank," said Michael Kuptz, Microdrive business line manager, IBM Storage Technology Division. "IBM has lowered the Microdrive's cost per megabyte by at least 50% every year since we introduced the product two years ago, and we believe this will help to spur the adoption of personal computing and entertainment devices."

The Microdrive supports a host of portable handheld devices made by leading digital camera, PDA and MP3 player manufacturers. The Microdrive's CompactFlash Type II standard format can also be accessed on laptops through PCMCIA cards and personal computers through card readers. In addition, the Microdrive supports multiple data types including video, MP3, text, JPEG, voice, etc., and can hold up 1,000 standard digital photographs, a full-length movie, a thousand 200-page novels or nearly 18 hours of high-quality digital audio music.

"The colorful, professional-quality pictures captured by our FinePix S1 Pro digital camera require lots of memory space. Therefore, we bundle a 1GB Microdrive along with the camera so photographers can take a small library of high resolution pictures without worrying about storage capacity," remarked Jennifer Davalos, marketing manager, Commercial Imaging Division, Fuji Photo Film USA, Inc. "At Fujifilm, we strive to provide photographers with a choice of the highest quality products in a value package, and IBM's Microdrive pricing allows us to do that with the FinePix S1 Pro."

"We believe the MP3 audience will find the Microdrive's reduced pricing very attractive for the 10-18 hours of high-fidelity digital music it can provide," said Leslie Fong, president, Frontier Labs. "Frontier Labs is pleased to offer our Nex II MP3 player with the Microdrive."

About the Microdrive
The IBM Microdrive offers breakthrough storage capacity for the portable electronic devices industry. With capacities ranging from 340 MB to 1 GB on a single one-inch diameter hard disk drive, the IBM family of Microdrives provides high-capacity and cost-effective personal storage in an industry-standard CompactFlash Type II form factor. Weighing just over half an ounce (16 grams), the Microdrive provides outstanding capacity in a compact, portable package -- a key requirement for today's handheld devices.

The Microdrive continues IBM's tradition and leadership in the innovation of hard disk drives. For more information on the Microdrive, visit www.ibm.com/storage/microdrive or call 1-888-426-5214.

About IBM
IBM develops and manufactures the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. The IBM Storage Technology Division offers customers worldwide the most comprehensive range of industry-leading storage products available today. These storage solutions are offered through IBM, as well as a large network of IBM Business Partners and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).


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